Support Resources

We are a community of people who understand how important connection can be when it comes to giving up alcohol. Talking to like-minded people will make you realise that you’re doing something wonderful, and that you’re not alone in wanting to rethink your drinking!

 

However, we understand that some people may need more support than connection can can offer, especially if they’re currently drinking at dangerous levels.

 

If you believe that you’re physically dependent on alcohol, please talk to your doctor to talk about the best way for you to reduce and then remove alcohol from your life, as stopping drinking immediately can be incredibly dangerous for someone who is physically alcohol-dependent.

 

We understand that alcohol is a substance that can have an impact on other areas of life. Therefore, we have included a wide range of links below. If you think we should add any links or resources to this page, please email otihq@overtheinfluence.co.uk.

Alcohol Resources

The NHS

 

If you live in the UK, you’ll know how lucky we are to have the fabulous NHS.

If you believe that stopping drinking cold turkey may be dangerous for you, the first port of call is to speak to your GP.

Most people receive support to stop drinking and recovery support in the community. But some people will need a short stay in a 24-hour medically supported unit so they can receive safe treatment of their withdrawal symptoms or other problems.

Some people are assessed as needing intensive rehabilitation and recovery support for a period after they stop drinking completely, either through attending a programme of intensive support in their local community or by attending a residential rehabilitation service.

 

To find out more about all of the above, please visit the Alcohol Support section of the NHS website.

Drinkaware

Drinkaware is an independent charity which aims to reduce alcohol-related harm by helping people make better choices about their drinking.

 

They achieve this by providing impartial, evidence-based information, advice and practical resources; raising awareness of alcohol and its harms and working collaboratively with partners.  

 

Their Advice page offers tips and guidance for people wanting to reduce their own drinking, or for people who are looking for advice for someone else.

Alcohol Change UK

Alcohol Change UK is a leading UK alcohol charity, formed from the merger of Alcohol Concern and Alcohol Research UK.

They are not anti-alcohol; they are for alcohol change. They are for a future in which people drink as a conscious choice, not a default; where the issues which lead to alcohol problems – like poverty, mental health issues, homelessness – are addressed; where those of us who drink too much, and our loved ones, have access to high-quality support whenever we need it, without shame or stigma. 

Alcohol Change UK’s statistics page makes for incredibly interesting (and also worrying) read.

Alcohol Change UK are also the charity behind the Dry January campaign, and we were delighted to be joined by Dr Richard Piper, the CEO of Alcohol Change UK, in the Dry January episode of our podcast.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is an international mutual aid fellowship dedicated to abstinence-based recovery from alcoholism through its spiritually inclined Twelve Step program. Following its Twelve Traditions, AA and autonomous AA groups are self-supporting through the strictly voluntary contributions from members only.

 

AA is incredibly well-known, but not many people understand how it works – and this description above (copied directly from the AA website) can seem a little overwhelming.

 

We have spoken to people on the podcast about their experiences with AA, including the fabulous Rosie  and the wonderful Person Irresponsible.  

 

Find out more about Alcoholics Anonymous and if you think it’s something that could help you, you can type in your address and find a meeting near to you.

Domestic Violence Resources

 

Refuge

 

Since 1971, Refuge has led the campaign against domestic violence. They have grown to become the country’s largest single provider of specialist domestic and gender-based violence services and support over 6,000 women and children on any given day.

 

Refuge is committed to a world where domestic violence and violence against women and girls is not tolerated and where women and children can live in safety.

 

They aim to empower women and children to rebuild their lives, free from violence and fear. We provide a range of life-saving and life-changing services, and a voice for the voiceless.

Women’s Aid

Women's Aid is the national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children. They are a federation of over 180 organisations providing just under 300 lifesaving services to women and children across England.

 

Their Survivor’s Handbook provides practical support and information for women experiencing domestic abuse, with simple guidance on every aspect of seeking support.

Men’s Advice Line

This is the helpline for male victims of domestic abuse.

 

They’re here to support men experiencing domestic abuse. If you want to talk to someone, you can speak to their friendly and professional advisors on the phone, by email or on webchat. No pressure, no judgement, just help.

Child Protection Resources

Nacoa

 

Nacoa (The National Association for Children of Alcoholics) is here to address the needs of children growing up in families where one or both parents suffer from alcoholism or a similar addictive problem. Nacoa have been helping everyone affected by their parent’s drinking since 1990.

 

Nacoa has four broad aims:

  1. To offer information, advice and support to children of alcohol-dependent parents

  2. To reach professionals who work with them

  3. To raise their profile in the public consciousness

  4. To promote research into the problems they face and the prevention of alcoholism developing in this vulnerable group

Find out more about Nacoa on their website 

 

Childline

 

Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through.

 

You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, their trained counsellors are here to support you.

 

Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. You can talk to them:

 

The NSPCC
 

Child abuse and neglect happens every day, in every walk of life, all around the UK. At least two children in the average primary school classroom have experienced abuse or neglect. By the time they turn 18, that number rises to at least 4

The NSPCC have been protecting children for over 100 years. Over 5 years, thanks to the generosity of their supporters, volunteers and staff, they helped to make more than 6.6 million children safer from abuse.

They have developed new services to help families, campaigned to change laws, shared information about abuse and how to recognise it, and developed new tools for children, parents and professionals. Find out more about the NSPCC on their website. 

 

 

 

 

Samaritans

 

Every 10 seconds, Samaritans responds to a call for help.

 

They’re here, day or night, for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure.

 

If you need someone to talk to, you can contact a Samaritan now

Campaign Against Living Miserably

 

125 lives are lost every week to suicide. And 75% of all UK suicides are male. CALM exists to change this.

They do it by provoking conversation, running life-saving services, and bringing people together so they reject living miserably, get help when they need it and don’t die by suicide.

Find out more about CALM on their website. 

 

Cocaine Anonymous

 

Cocaine Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from their addiction. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances.

 

Find out more about Cocaine Anonymous on their website. 

 

Talk To Frank

 

Talk to Frank is a free service for young people, sharing honest facts and advice about drugs and alcohol.

 

The organisation is contactable in the following ways:

 

Phone: 0300 123 6600 - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

 

Text: 82111

 

Or you can visit the Talk To Frank website.

 

 

DISCLAIMER: Please remember that Sharon & Ben are not qualified experts, medical professionals or trained counsellors – they are just expert ex-drinkers who understand the power of connection. They are unable to give any medical advice whatsoever regarding alcohol addiction, excessive alcohol consumption and potential health risks regarding alcohol withdrawal. Please remember that your doctor should be the first person you talk to about giving up alcohol, especially if you are concerned that you have a physical dependency on alcohol.

Mental Health Resources

Drug Addiction Resources